Students Staff

19 December 2016

Ever wondered what goes on behind closed doors at the UK Data Archive?

Filed under: Latest news, What's on — Tags: , — Communications Office @ 3:28 pm

To celebrate its 50th anniversary the UK Data Archive is holding an open morning specifically for Professional Services staff at the University.

As a secure data environment the UK Data Archive is usually behind locked doors, so this is a rare opportunity to visit the Archive.

Date: Wednesday 11 January 2017


10.30am: Welcome and introduction to the UK Data Archive

10.45am-11.15am: What does the UK Data Archive actually do? Short presentations of its key work

11.15am-12 noon: Enjoy coffee and cake, meet staff and see project work

The open morning will give you a whistle-stop tour of the Archive’s work, give guests the opportunity to meet staff and hear about some of our latest projects involving research and development, training and teaching, research data management and more.

To fulfil security obligations as a secure data environment the Archive will need to have a list of visitors, so if you would like to come along please RSVP to in advance.

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23 December 2013

Sign up for DevCon1 2014

Filed under: Campus news, Latest news, What's on — Tags: , , , , — Communications, CER @ 11:08 am

Sign up now for DevCon1 2014

Our Information Systems Services (ISS) and UK Data Archive teams will be bringing another DevCon1 event to the Colchester campus in 2014.

The developer event will take place on Thursday 17 April 2014 in the LTB.

The focus of DevCon1 ranges from developer specific to general system and technology project discussions and is aimed at developers, technology enthusiasts, professional services staff, and users of corporate information systems.

We would especially like to hear from anyone working on large scale technology change projects around the University who could deliver a talk or session at the event.

We will also look at sharing technology projects of relevance between universities and peer institutions.

The call for speaker papers is now open and we are also accepting early expressions of attendee interest. All submissions will be considered by the organising committee and the results communicated to applicants in early spring 2014.

To submit a paper, download and complete the submission form then return to

Please keep checking the DevCon1 website for updates as well as our IT Training Twitter feed.

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10 October 2013

Essex receives £5 million for new Big Data Network centre

Filed under: Latest news, Research impact — Tags: , , , , — Communications Office @ 11:23 am
David Willetts MP, Minister for Universities and Science

David Willetts MP made the announcement at the Mountbatten Memorial Lecture

David Willetts MP, Minister for Universities and Science, has announced plans for a Big Data Network which includes almost £5 million for the Essex-based UK Data Service to form a new service for streamlining research access to data collected by government departments and other agencies.

The money, awarded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), will allow Essex’s data experts to ensure that researchers across the country can effectively and securely access large datasets for research that will directly influence policy and ultimately benefit the public.

Speaking at the Mountbatten Memorial Lecture at the Institution of Engineering and Technology, Mr Willetts outlined the ESRC’s vision for a network of innovative data centres across the UK which will strengthen the country’s competitive advantage in Big Data.

At the heart of the project will be the new Essex-led Administrative Data Service (ADS), jointly formed with the Administrative Data Liaison Service, which is currently managed by the University of St Andrews. The ADS infrastructure will provide a one-stop-shop for finding, learning about, and requesting access to administrative data for research.

Melanie Wright, Principal Investigator of the new ADS and Associate Director of the UK Data Service, explained the importance of yesterday’s announcement: “Research access to administrative and linked data holds enormous potential – for researchers, for government, and for the people of the UK. You cannot make or evaluate public policy without using administrative data.

This Administrative Data Network, consisting of the ADS and four new Administrative Data Research Centres (ADRCs), marks the first phase of the ESRC’s £64 million investment in a Big Data Network. Two further phases involving new centres for business and local government data, and third sector and social media data, will be established in the coming year.

The ADS will play an overarching role in the network, actively bringing together the four ADRCs. Its core responsibilities will be: to provide a first point of contact for administrative data users and owners; be the central point for managing research access requests; ensure there is consistency in standards and practice across the network; engage with data owners, users and the public to develop a culture of effective and secure data sharing to enable better research for the public benefit; and to develop capacity and skills in using administrative data for research.

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